Neuroscientist and novelist Lisa Genova frightens her audience by pointing out that by age 85 they are likely to either be suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or caring for someone that is suffering.
5 Key points:
- Amyloid plaques are the root of dementia
- One bad night increases the build-up of amyloid plaques
- Amyloid plaques can be reduced by sleeping well when young
- Our genes do not determine our risk of Alzheimer’s
- Nuns are strangely resistant to Alzheimer’s